The Americas in the Age of Revolution
Lester D Langley presents a comparative history of three revolutions, the American Revolution in 1776, the slave revolt in the French colony of Saint Dominique (that became Haiti) and the long Spanish–American struggle for independence, and offers ‘a portrait of hemispherical political culture in an epoch spanning three wars in the Americas, each of which left a powerful legacy for the new states that took form in their aftermath’.
Secret Histories of Britain's Rebels and Revolutionaries
Alarmed by the French Revolution, the rulers of Georgian Britain established a network of spies and informers to infiltrate and monitor radical groups at home. Drawing on official records and contemporary accounts, this compelling history probes the shadowy world of government agents pitted against Irish rebels, Luddites, the Pentrick uprising of 1817 and the 1820 plot to murder the cabinet. The book recreates a climate of fear and repression, in which even peaceful reformers risked arrest.
Shadows of Revolution
Reflections on France, Past and Present
France has experimented with many different forms of government, becoming ‘the most intense political laboratory the world has ever known’. In these essays by renowned American historian and journalist David Bell, he reflects on the Revolution’s influence on 19th century politics, the development of anti-Semitism and the Vichy regime. He concludes by exploring how the cultural patterns established in the Revolution continue to shape modern French identity, drawing parallels between them and the Arab Spring and the terrorist attacks of 2015.
The French Resistance Heroine Who Defied the Gestapo
For carrying out an audacious ambush to free her husband and other prisoners from a Gestapo van in 1943, Lucie Aubrac (1912–2007) is still hailed as a heroine of the French Resistance. This first full English-language biography tells her compelling story but also analyses the Aubracs' defence of inconsistencies in her account, which were exposed when the former head of the Gestapo claimed that the couple had become informers and betrayed their comrades.